Books read in 2016

38.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger’s Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21.  Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

4 thoughts on “Books read in 2016”

  1. Someone asked me this over on LiveJournal, too. I fear I’m running against the crowd.
    What I said there was:

    I would have liked it a lot better if the author would have thrown out the first 150ish pages. There’s nothing the matter with writing 100 — or even 200! — pages before you get to the Beginning of the Story — done it myself, many times. But, once you get to the start of the story, you can cut those learning-about-the-world-story-character pages, and get on with things.

    After we did get to the beginning, and got on with things. . .It was just OK. Don’t care for zombie stories, and am saddened by the many, many, many books about zombies (even cool! new! kinds! of zombies) being published this while. Also, by the time we got to the beginning of the story, I was well and truly irritated with the author for having (1)started too soon and (2) insisting that I read the too-soon section. My rating might well have been higher, had I not been so irritated.

    The inclusion of the old photos left me cold, sadly, and I won’t be reading any of the follow-ons.

  2. Interesting. I did not feel near as strongly-either way.

    As a counterpoint, however, I offer “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire. A different take on the “peculiar children” idea. Relatively short-just 169 pages.

    And if you haven’t read any of her work yet, I recommend this author to you -she handles dialogue and characters in a manner similar to your own works. I feel you and she overlap best at Archer’s Beach.

  3. Yes, I read Every Heart… — I’m pretty sure it’s on my list — and others of Seanan’s works from time to time. She did, I believe quote Carousel Tides — and in such terms as might make even a fond author blush.

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